Suicide bomb attack near Kabul airport kills 14 people

Suicide bomb attack near Kabul airport kills 14 people

Fourteen people were killed and 60 injured in a suicide bomb attack yesterday near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, a spokesman for Kabul's police chief Hashmat Stanikzai said.

Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, the exiled Afghan vice president, was the target of the attack, CNN reported. Dostum fled to Turkey last year amid accusations of torture and abuse of political rival Ahmad Eshchi, but he returned to Afghanistan on Sunday, the police chief said.

An attacker detonated a bomb after being identified by police near the airport, according to Stanikzai.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE intelligence group.

The violence comes a week after the release of a UN report stating the number of Afghan civilians killed in the first six months of 2018 has reached a record high. Almost 1,700 civilians were killed from January 1 to June 30, a total higher than at any comparable time in the last 10 years, according to the United Nations.

Dostum, an Uzbek strongman and warlord in the early part of the Afghanistan War, fought against the Taliban on horseback alongside a 12-man team of Green Berets from the US Special Forces in 2001. 

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